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 Belgium: Copiepresse v. Google Update

After a three hour hearing, a Belgian court said it would wait until after the new year to decide whether to uphold an injunction blocking Google Inc. from reproducing snippets of Belgian press reports. Google's lawyers insist that the company had not broken copyright law by showing headlines, a few lines of text and a link to the original story. Because of an earlier ruling, Google has stripped Belgian newspaper content from Google News.

Separately, Google reached a deal with two other groups that had been plaintiffs in the Google News lawsuit in Belgium. Details were not disclosed.

And in Scandinavia? The Norwegian association for media companies, Mediebedriftenes Landsforening, argues that Google News Norway cannot make use of photographs without a proper agreement.

According to Dagens Næringsliv the association has sent a letter to Google Norway arguing that this use of photographs is in violation with Norwegian copyright law.

  • November 22, 2006: Google News finds more trouble in Europe, InfoWorld:
    "Google is facing mounting protests from newspaper publishers in Europe, the impact of which could ultimately affect the amount of content available to end users through search engines."




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